PCH — Police said drugs played a role in Monday’s traffic collision that forced the closure of Pacific Coast Highway southbound between the California Incline and the McClure Tunnel during the evening commute.

Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis said the driver of a 1997 Honda Accord will most likely be charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence of drugs, possibly methamphetamine and marijuana.

The 32-year-old suspect, whose name was not released by police, was being treated Tuesday at a nearby hospital for a broken leg and pelvis. He is expected to be booked upon his release, Lewis said.

The driver of the second vehicle, identified by police as a Pepperdine University student in his mid 20s who was heading home from school, suffered two broken legs.

A witness told investigators that the suspect was traveling southbound on PCH at a high rate of speed around 6:35 p.m. when he swerved in and out of traffic, making contact with the Pepperdine student’s Honda Prelude, sending it into a spin. He was hit a second time head on by the suspect.

“Both cars were totaled,” Lewis said.

It was initially reported that police were looking for a third vehicle — possibly a hit-and-run — but later determined only two vehicles were involved.

All southbound lanes of PCH were closed for roughly two hours following the crash.

kevinh@www.smdp.com

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